Employees in Georgia who suffer injuries on the job can be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation. An injured worker must immediately report an accident to his or her employer and file a WC-14 form with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
The insurance company may deny a person’s claim for many reasons, including questions of whether an injury occurred on the job or due to a preexisting condition. You have the right to appeal a denial of your workers’ compensation claim, but it is important for you to act quickly.
Attorney for Workers’ Compensation in Atlanta, GA
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed on the job in Georgia, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The Balams Firm represents clients in communities all over the greater Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Roswell, College Park, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, East Point, Decatur, Milton, Forest Park, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Riverdale, Norcross, and many others.
ReShea Balams is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta who will work tirelessly to make sure you get all of the compensation you are entitled to. She can review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (404) 445-2005 to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation Information Center
- What benefits can a person obtain through workers’ compensation?
- How are disability claims classified in Georgia?
- Where can I learn more about workers’ compensation in Atlanta?
Employees have certain rights as well as certain responsibilities in workers’ compensation claims, but injured workers are generally entitled to certain benefits. Some of these benefits can include:
- Medical Expenses — Injured workers can be entitled to full costs relating to medical treatment for injuries stemming from a workplace accident, including prescriptions, ambulance fees, and repeat visits;
- Lost Income — Injured workers can receive a fraction of their regular wages or salary;
- Disability Benefits — Workers who have suffered injuries that affect their ability to return to work can be entitled to benefits for their disabilities; and
- Death Benefits — Spouses and minor children who were dependent upon a worker killed in a workplace accident can be entitled to benefits for the lost income of the deceased.
Workers’ compensation is generally calculated using the method established under Georgia Code § 34-9-260. State law provides different limitations for workplace injuries resulting from certain disabilities.
The Georgia Code includes the three following compensation schedules relating to disabilities:
- Total Disability, Georgia Code § 34-9-261
- Temporary Partial Disability, Georgia Code § 34-9-262
- Permanent Partial Disability, Georgia Code § 34-9-263
Compensation for death resulting from injury and other causes is established under Georgia Code § 34-9-265. Loss of or loss of the use of a specific member—such as a thumb, finger, arm, leg, or sense of hearing—can impact the maximum number of weeks a victim can receive benefits for.
Workers’ Compensation | Georgia.gov — Visit this section of State of Georgia website to learn more about workers’ compensation. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation insurance. The website also provides a link to a Form WC-14, which must be filed with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
State Board of Workers’ Compensation — The mission of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation is to “provide superior access to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation program for injured workers and employers in a manner that is sensitive, responsive, and effective and to ensure efficient processing and swift, fair resolution of claims, while encouraging workplace safety and return to work.” Visit this website to learn more about the Board, its divisions and offices, and statutes and rules. You can also find publications, forms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Find a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Atlanta, GA
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed on the job in Georgia? Make sure that you contact The Balams Firm before speaking to any insurance company.
Atlanta personal injury attorney ReShea Balams helps individuals in communities throughout Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, and DeKalb County.
Call (404) 445-2005 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.